An app that tracks Government spending and a trivia game based on State Library images are the two winners of the latest round of the Apps4NSW competition. The winners, Appiwork and Lakeba (formerly Techbeach), took home the winning spots.
Apps4NSW is part of the NSW Government’s ICT strategy and looks to help developers transform data held by the NSW Government into consumer-friendly apps. Entrants were able to submit apps in two categories, each with $15,000 prize money.
NSW minister for innovation and better regulation, Victor Dominello, congratulated the winners.
NSWSpend, created by Bathurst-based developers Appiwork, is an app that aims to provide a platform for accessing NSW government spend data. The data is presented in graphs which the user can modify to gain a better understanding of state procurement.
“NSWSpend is an excellent example of how the government’s commitment to transparency and open data is benefitting business in NSW,” Dominello said.
According to Appiworks spokesperson, Zoe Hida, NSWSpend will make it easier for businesses to view trends in NSW Government procurement and identify business development opportunities.
As for TrivNSW, created by Manly developer Lakeba, it uses NSW State Library images to provide users with a fun, interactive tool for education and entertainment.
“The potential the app has as a learning tool is very exciting as people can also contribute extra data about the images,” Lakeba spokesperson, Steve Roknic, mentioned.
The apps will now enter the development phase.
“I am very pleased that as part of our commitment to open data, government information is being used creatively to teach and entertain,” Dominello added.